REMEDY OF THE DAY: ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA
(ECHINACEA – RUDBECKIA)
The North American Journal of Homeopathy, December, 1896, contains a paper on the drug by Dr. Charles F. Otis, from which we quote the following :
I doubt if there are many physicians here assembled, who are general practitioners, who have not, at some period of their professional lives, come in contact with one or both of these diseases either in an epidemic form or isolated cases, and in instances, have met more than their match ; have seen their patients with tongue so swollen, that it protruded from the mouth ; with membrane gradually extending from the throat into the posterior nares, possibly protruding frorn the nostrils, with the awful odor so characteristic ; with a respiratory sound that told you too plainly that membrane was extending into the air passages and that the misery of your patient would soon cease, not because of your ability to afford relief, but because death would close the scene.
I need not complete the picture by mentioning the enormously high temperature, the thread-like pulse, the cessation of the action of the kidneys, the awful agonizing expression of the face, and perhaps, in your efforts, intubation had been practised without good results.
It is in just this class of cases that Echinacea is king.
We are indebted to the Eclectic school for this remarkable medicine as a “corrector of blood dyscrasia”. Acute auto-infection. Symptoms of blood poisoning, septic conditions generally. Diarrh├àÔÇ£a in typhoid. Gonorrh├àÔÇ£a. Boils. Erysipelas and foul ulcers. Gangrene. Goitre with exophthalmic symptoms; full doses, also injecting 5-10 drops into thyroid gland. Tendency to malignancy in acute and subacute disorders. Last stages of cancer to ease pain. Venom infection. Cerebro-spinal meningitis. Puerperal infections. Tired feeling. Piles. Pustules. Acts on vermiform appendix thus has been used for appendicitis, but remember it promotes suppuration and a neglected appendicitis with pus formation would probably rupture sooner under its use. Lymphatic inflammation; crushing injuries. Snake bites and bites and stings generally. Foul discharges with emaciation and great debility.